Gemma Farrell Music

Jazz saxophonist, composer and educator.


About Gemma

Gemma Farrell is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator.

She lectures in jazz studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), has worked as the education coordinator and assistant musical director at the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) and currently leads their Young Women in Jazz program.

Gemma has a Master of Music degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium. In 2018 and 2019 the Gemma Farrell Quintet was nominated for Best Jazz Act and she was nominated for Best Woodwind or Brass Instrumentalist at the WAM awards. In 2018 her composition "Tony Umbridge" was nominated for WAM Song of the Year in the Jazz Category and in 2016 her composition "Requiem" was also nominated in that category. Gemma is the founder and musical director of the Artemis Orchestra, a predominantly female big band which performs the original music of Australian women. They have performed at the 2018 and 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival.

  • The Gemma Farrell Quintet released their debut album Organised Chaos in June 2018, and it was RTRFM's local feature album that week. In 2019 it was nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award. The Quintet completed an Australian tour in November 2019, performing at the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival, Jazz Music Institute Brisbane and the Jazz Lab in Melbourne. The quintet also performed at In The Pines 2019, the 2018 WAM Awards and the Perth International Jazz Festival in 2015, 2018 and 2019.
  • In July 2018, Gemma toured Australia with her project MFG, which features Nico Maas and Thomas Goralski from Germany. They recorded an album and music videos during this tour and that will all be released in 2020. MFG also toured Europe in 2016 and Australia in 2014 and have released two albums.
  • In August 2018, Gemma travelled to Stockton California on behalf of WAYJO, to be a tutor at the Brubeck Institute’s Summer Jazz Colony at the University of the Pacific.

Gemma also performs in J.B.'s J.B.'s, The Perth Cabaret Collective,the 950 express and the JAMFs. Gemma plans on recording the debut album of the Artemis Orchestra in 2020.


Links to Project Sites

The Jamfs

The Jamfs is a new group consisting of Gemma Farrell on Baritone Sax, Matt Smith on Trumpet, Dan Garner on Guitar, Tim Voutas on Organ and Ryan Daunt on the Drums. They formed to support Elliott Hughes at his CD launch in December 2019 and they play funky hard bop with a Hammond Organ instead of a bass, inspired by Shirley Scott, George Benson, Medeski Martin and Wood etc. Their name is the title of a famous jazz tune by Johnny Griffin called "The JAMFs are coming." Jamfs stands for Jive Ass Mother F**kers. The band thought this name described them all well.

Farrell Garner Gardiner

Farrell Garner Gardiner is a new trio, featuring saxophonist Gemma Farrell, guitarist Dan Garner and bassist Gwyneth Gardiner. The trio was formed for performances at the Perth Festival in February 2020, and they very quickly booked other performances. They are three friends coming together in this unique setting to play standards and original compositions. Between them they have a Master of Music degree, a Bachelor of Jazz and a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, and they have all played in various projects and genres around Perth and the world.


Gemma's recordings & links to listen or purchase

Organised Chaos

Gemma Farrell Quintet

Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto,Tenor, Baritone Saxophones
James van de Ven - Trombone
Christopher Sealey - Guitar
Kate Pass - Double and Electric Bass
Ryan Daunt - Drums

All tracks composed by Gemma Farrell. Album Artwork by Isabelle, Abigail, Isaac, Parker, Louis and Violet Farrell and Amberley Edgcumbe. Layout by Fred Farrell

Ninjaneered and mixed by Kieran Kenderessy at Rada Studios Perth, January 24 and 25, 2018. Mastered by Paul Große-Schönepauck at Skyline Tonfabrik studios Düsseldorf

Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE

The Music of The JB'S

J.B.'s J.B.'s

Gemma Farrell - Alto Sax
Dylan Hooper - Tenor Sax
Matt Smith - Trumpet
Karri Harper-Meredith - Trombone
Alex Borthwick and Simon Kelly - Guitars
Wayne Slater - Bass
John Brown - Drums/Band Leader

Recorded 3rd May 2015 and Mixed by Dan Carroll at RADA. Mastered by Steve Berson at TBM.

Available in hard copy, contact John Brown

Available Digitally. Listen and Purchase HERE

People Places Lizards


Gemma Farrell - Tenor Saxophone
Nico Maas - Guitar
Thomas Goralski - Piano and Hammond
Dario Schattel - Double and Electric Bass
Richard Struck - Drums

Tracks 1, 5 & 11 composed by Thomas Goralski
Tracks 2, 3, 6, 8 & 9 composed by Gemma Farrell
Tracks 4, 7, 10 & 12 composed by Nico Maas

Recorded in Dusseldorf, 2016. Album artwork by Grace Mander.
Layout by Fred Farrell. Get it HERE

Live at the Brisbane Jazz Club


Gemma Farrell - Tenor Saxophone
Nico Maas - Guitar
Thomas Goralski - Piano
Joshua Hatcher - Double Bass
Nathan Goldman - Drums

Tracks 1, 3, 7, 8 & 10 composed by Gemma Farrell
Tracks 2, 5, 6 & 9 composed by Thomas Goralski
Track 4 composed by Nico Maas

Album Artwork and layout by Grace Mander. Additional layout by Fred Farrell
Recorded August 23, 2014 by Mark Smith live at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
Edited in Amsterdam by Thomas Goralski and mixed in Düsseldorf by Paul Große-Schönepauck.
Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE


Gemma Farrell Group

Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophones
Robin Kahl - Trumpet and Flugal Horn
Filippo Vignato - Trombone
Nico Maas - Guitar
Thomas Goralski - Piano and Hammond
Theo Balbig - Electric and Double Bass
Richard Struck - Drums

All tracks composed by Gemma Farrell. Album Artwork by Grace Mander. Layout by Fred Farrell. Recorded May 18 and 19 by Paul Große-Schönepauck and Björn Mauder. Mixed also by Paul and Björn.Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE

Get it Together

Say What?!

Recorded in Amsterdam, 2013.

Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto, Tenor Saxophones
Thomas Goralski - Hammond
Gianluca Liberatore - Double Bass
Stefan Franssen - Drums
with special guest: Nico Maas - Guitar

Tracks 1 & 7 by Thomas Goralski
Tracks 2 & 5 by Stefan Franssen
Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9 by Gemma Farrell
Album Artwork and Layout by Fred Farrell

Recorded April 19 by Dirk Hooglandt at Studio Dirk Amsterdam. Mixed also by Dirk. Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE


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